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Vol. III No. 129 Nov, 2012 CE 1
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Vol. III No. 1 29 November, 2012 CE 14 Marga, 2069 BS 1 Kachalaga, 1133 NS NEWSLETTER
LUMBINI BUDDHIST UNIVERSITYPublished on the occasion of Eighth University Day
a signifi cant role in the development of Lumbini as the centre of excellence. Dr. Ramesh K. Dhungel said that the LBU should focus on philosophical as well as applied aspects of Buddhism equally so as to prepare manpower at the present context. LBU has every potential and also opportunity to create its identity as an academic institution not inferior to other similar institutions in other countries. Chief guest Dr. Genesh Man Gurung expressed hope that the university will conduct its different academic programmes successfully, and also assured that UGC will favourably consider necessary fi nancial support to the university.
Prof. Shanker Thapa, Dean of LBU was the Master of the ceremony. He offered vote of thanks to all those present on the occasion and also clarifi ed the quarries of the speakers regarding various academic activities of LBU. Members of the Constituent Assembly, Vice Chancellors of other universities, academicians, Professors, educationists and other dignitaries were invited at the programme.
Seventh University Day Observed
Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU) observed seventh annual day on 30 November 2011 with Dr. Ganesh Man Gurung, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the chief guest.
Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar, Vice Chancellor of LBU, delivered welcome speech and highlighted on the academic activities of the university. He mainly focused on the newly framed curricula of fi ve different programmes at the Master's level in Buddhism and related areas which were to be implemented at fi ve different affi liated campuses of Kathmandu and Lalitpur. Those programmes include Buddhism and Himalayan Studies, Applied Buddhism, Buddhist Studies (Mahayana Stream), Theravada Buddhism and Buddhism and Peace Studies. Dr. Milan Shakya, Head of the Central Department of Buddhist Studies, Tribhuvan University, suggested that the LBU should run its academic programs at Lumbini at its earliest convenience. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Associate Professor of Buddhist Studies opined that there should be suffi cient experts on Buddhist Studies in the University to run the academic programs successfully. Acharya Karma Syanbu, Vice Chairman of Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) mentioned that the University can play
University Day Celebration
Address by Dr. Gurung
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Third University Council Meeting
The third annual meeting of the University Council is held on 11 October 2012 at Singha Darbar. Rt. Honble Prime Minister Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai, Chancellor of the University presided over the meeting.
In his welcome address, Dr. Tri Ratna Manandhar, Vice Chancellor of LBU, highlighted the progress made by the university during the last twelve months, and expressed hope that the Master's level classes on Buddhist Studies will be conducted in Lumbini after the completion of academic building next year.
Dr. Pitambar Lal Yadav, Registrar of the University, presented the annual budget of about 42 million rupees for the fi scal year 2069-70. He mentioned that the university needed full fi nancial support from the government for few more years to develop its infrastructure and to appoint academic and administrative staff. The budget is unanimously adopted by the Council.
While presenting the academic progress report, Dr. Shanker Thapa, Dean of the university, gave an outline of the different degrees at Master's level on Buddhist Studies, implemented through affi liated campuses from July 2012. He also mentioned LBU's academic relations with the academic institutions of China and Japan, and the university's endeavour to establish a research centre in Lumbini to make advanced research on Buddhism and its various aspects.
The Council also unanimously passed the proposal of the Registrar to appoint the internal auditor to audit the university account for the fi scal year 2068-69.
Members of the Council expressed their opinion and offered suggestions to improve the academic standard of the university and to develop its infrastructure. The speakers include Dr. Shiva Hari Marahatta, Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Acharya Karma Syanbu, Dr. Shiva Kumar Rai, Laxmi Dass
Manandhar, Dr. Gitu Giri, Chandra Kala Ghimire, Dr. Ramesh Dhungel, Purna Bahadur Lamichane, Narayan Prashad Agrawal, Pasang Temba Lama and others.
Speaking from the chair, Prime Minister and Chancellor Dr. Bhattarai said that the teachings of Buddha are most relevant to the present society. He expressed the hope that the LBU will be an academic centre for the researchers all over the world. He also assured to give fi nancial support to develop the academic programs and research activities of the university.
The members of the Executive Council, Academic Council, Research Committee and Campus Chiefs were also present on the occasion as guests.
Appointment of the Registrar
Rt. Honble Prime Minister and Chancellor of LBU Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai, on the recommendation of the Executive Council, appointed Dr. Pitambar Lal Yadav, Associate Professor of History at Mahendra Bindeswari Campus, Rajbiraj, as the Registrar of LBU for four years term. Dr. Yadav has written several books on the political history of Nepal and is also the recipient of Mahendra Vidya Bhusan and Amar Singh Thapa Award. He joined LBU as the Registrar on 6 March, 2012.
Construction of Academic Complex at Lumbini
An Academic building is under construction in Lumbini at the cost of 25 million NRs, made available by the University Grants Commission. The construction is expected to complete by May 2013. The building has twenty four rooms including conference and seminar halls, library, multimedia centre, administrative section and class rooms.
Nepal Consult Pvt. Ltd. prepared the design and drawings of the building, and Chandra and Basanta-Babul Co. J/V, Siddhartha Nagar is entrusted with the construction works. The agreement for construction was signed between LBU and the contracting company on 27 April 2012. A brief ceremony was also held in Lumbini to lay foundation stone on May 6. Vice-Chancellor of LBU Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar laid the foundation of the building amidst a function in which the Buddhist monks, Vajracharya priests and Lamas chanted sacred Mantras and performed Puja. Registrar Pitambar lal Yadav and Dean Prof.
Council Members with Guests
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Shanker Thapa of LBU, Vice Chairman of Lumbini Development Trust, Head of the Buddhist Studies Program at Bhairahawa Campus, representatives of the monasteries in Lumbini, and other dignitaries were present at the occasion. During the interaction held after formal foundation laying ceremony, the invitees expressed their views about LBU and its academic activities, and also highlighted on the signifi cance of the university established in the holy place of Lumbini. The roofi ng of ground fl oor is completed on 20 October 2012.
Participation in the International Seminars
Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar represented LBU at the foundation ceremony of Sanchi University of Buddhism and Indic Studies at Sanchi (India) on 21 Sept. 2012. Inaugurated by the President of Sri Lanka, this is the State University fully funded by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. An international conference on Dharma Dhamma was also organised in Bhopal on 22-23 Sept. Prof. Manandhar spoke on Buddhism in Nepal on that occasion. He also chaired one of the sessions under the theme Specifi c Features of Buddhism and Sanatan Dharma. Scholars from India, Sri Lanka, Russia and the US presented papers.
Prof. Shanker Thapa, Dean of LBU participated in the fourth international seminar - Sahaja: The Role of Doha & Caryagiti in the Cultural Indo-Tibetan Interface organized by the Centre for Buddhist Studies, V i s v a - B h a r a t i , Santiniketan (West Bengal, India) from 12 to 14 February 2012. Prof. Thapa presented the paper entitled Cac Songs and Buddhist Newrs: Ritual Singing in Vajrayna Buddhism of Nepal. Buddhist scholars from India, Austria, Germany, Canada, Australia and Bangladesh participated in the seminar. Prof. Thapa also led a team of the Vajracharyas from Hiranyavarna Mahavihara who performed various Carya dances during the seminar at Shantiniketan.
Master Level Programmes
LBU has started Masters level programmes in fi ve disciplines of Buddhism and related areas from the academic session of 2012. Five Colleges are affi liated to operate the programmes:- Lumbini College of Buddhism and Himalayan
Studies, Buddhism and Himalayan Studies. - Lotus Academic College, Applied Buddhism- Sugat Bouddha Mahavidyalaya, Buddhist
Studies (Mahayana Stream)- Theravada Buddhist Academy, Theravada
Buddhism - Boudha Multiple College, Buddhism and Peace
Foundation Laying Ceremony
Dr. Manandhar Receiving Memento
Dr. Thapa Presenting Paper
Carya Dancers from Lalitpur
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1. Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies First YearPaper 1 : History of BuddhismPaper 2A : Comparative Religion Paper 2B : Pali or Sanskrit or TibetanPaper 3 : Buddhist Philosophy and LiteraturePaper 4A : History of Buddhism of NepalPaper 4B : Buddhist ArtPaper 5 : Research Methodology
Second Year (Mahayana Stream)Paper 6 : Buddhism in East Asia Paper 7 : Sanskrit Buddhist Literature and Reading
Sanskrit Texts Paper 8 : Buddhist Ethics Paper 9 : Vajrayana - Origin